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Turtle Trash Collectors Program Activities Guide and Resources

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Use these materials with the Turtle Trash Collectors interactive video. In this video, students can virtually participate in a simulated sea turtle necropsy, or animal dissection, learn how trash can get to the ocean and impact sea turtles, and learn how we can all help stop marine debris. 

In the Program Activities Guide, parents and teachers will find resources for the interactive video, information on marine debris, additional activities, and lesson extensions. 

Throughout the video, there are places to pause and discuss observations and predictions, which correspond with two optional printed resources. Students should use either the datasheet OR the flipbook as they follow along with the video. The datasheet is recommended for students in fourth grade and older, while the flipbook is recommended for students in third grade and below.

Turtle Trash Collectors is a University of North Carolina Wilmington MarineQuest environmental education initiative supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The goal of this initiative is to educate youth about the impacts of marine debris and encourage behavior changes that reduce the generation of marine debris in the future. From 2019-2021, MarineQuest implemented the Turtle Trash Collectors program both in-person and virtually, reaching over 29,500 people worldwide.

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Use these stuffed turtles to educate youth about the impacts of marine debris and encourage behavior changes that would reduce the generation of marine debris in the future.

Regional Emmy® Award-Winning TRASH TALK

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Don’t you think it’s time we all have an honest trash talk? Ocean Today, in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, presents Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK, a 15-minute special feature on marine debris for World Ocean Day. It is specially designed to be part of your World Ocean Day festivities and beyond. To download the videos, visit Ocean Today's website.

TRASH TALK Special Feature
TRASH TALK Videos

These six short videos are the individual chapters contained in the special feature.

  • What is marine debris?
  • Where does marine debris come from?
  • How does marine debris impact the ocean, animals, and me?
  • Why is plastic marine debris so common?
  • What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
  • What can we do about marine debris?
Watch the TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators

Trash Talk WebinarOur TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators provides fun activities that you can organize after showing the film! It's a perfect event for museums, zoos, aquariums, learning centers and schools. Featuring NOAA Marine Debris Program Educational Specialist Leah Henry, this fun and informative 10 minute webinar provides a quick demonstration of hands-on activities you can easily offer after you show the TRASH TALK special feature. Each activity requires props found at home or the office and is easy to prepare.

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View our Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK video series. Each short video covers a marine debris topic. Here you’ll also find a TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators featuring fun and informative activities to pair with the videos for all age levels.
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